By Pete O’Rourke
Liverpool are set to keep extensive tabs on red-hot RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner this season, Football Insider understands.
The Champions League holders have a longstanding interest in the Germany international, 23, and intend to step up their assessments of him in the new campaign.
A Liverpool source has told Football Insider that the club’s recruitment team are planning regular transfer missions to keep check on Werner even though he recently signed a new contract with RB Leipzig.
Werner’s new deal runs for four years but includes a £27million release, which is of interest to his suitors in Germany and across Europe.
Liverpool will extensively scout the versatile attacker to check if he can regularly reach the level needed to play in Jurgen Klopp’s side in the future.
The Merseysiders did not buy any senior players in the summer window bar goalkeepers Adrian and Andy Lonergan on free transfers.
Liverpool are currently very reliant on first-choice forward trio Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino, although they did tie 2018-19 hero Divock Origi to a new contract this summer.
Werner, who joined Leipzig from Stuttgart in 2016, has already scored five goals from three Bundesliga matches this season to lift his tally for the club to 66 goals and 28 assists from 118 matches.
The German has also scored 10 goals in 25 matches for the national team.
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